County votes all Repub­li­can

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — Polls in Mary­land closed at 8 p.m. on Tues­day, Nov. 8. On the bal­lots for res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County were two con­tests af­fect­ing Queen Anne’s County specif­i­cally.

Sharyn Har­low won the con­tested seat on the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion with 14,518 votes, or 73.6 per­cent. Har­low was com­pet­ing for that spot against in­cum­bent mem­ber Tammy Harper, who ran as a writein can­di­date.

Bev­erly Kelley, run­ning un­op­posed, re­tained her seat on the board of ed­u­ca­tion with 94.2 per­cent of the vote, 17,804 votes to­tal.

For Queen Anne’s County, the ma­jor­ity of the votes fa­vored Mar yland Ques­tion 1 on the bal­lot — 14,111 in fa­vor to 9,001 against. The state as a whole voted in fa­vor of the change to the way the gover­nor fills a va­cancy of the at­tor­ney gen­eral or the comp­trol­ler, and will re­quire in­stead a spe­cial elec­tion for va­can­cies that oc­cur on or be­fore a cer­tain date.

As in years past, the over­all votes cast in Queen Anne’s County fa­vored Repub­li­can can­di­dates. Con­trar y to the state as a whole, vot­ers in Queen Anne’s County sup­ported for pres­i­dent, Trump/Pence with 65 per­cent, or 16,211 votes, to Clin­ton/Kaine’s 29.3 per­cent and 7,316 votes. Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­dates re­ceived 3.4 per­cent of the vote in Queen Anne’s, and 1.0 per­cent and 1.3 per­cent for the Green and other write-ins, re­spec­tively.

Mar­gins were sim­i­lar for U.S. Sen­ate, fa­vor­ing Repub­li­can Kathy Szeliga with 65.8 per­cent (16,178 votes) and U.S. House First Dis­trict, with Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Andy Har­ris earn­ing 70.6 per­cent of the vote (17,351 votes).

Be­tween early vot­ing and elec­tion day, county vot­ers cast 25,119 bal­lots. Pro­vi­sional votes and ab­sen­tee bal­lots re­main to be counted.

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